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Shannen Findlay

Did you get this text? Beware the fake ATO message scamming Aussies out of thousands

Did you get this text? Beware the fake ATO message scamming Aussies out of thousands

A warning has been issued over a text message that appears to be from the Australian Tax Office, but is really a fraudulent scam aiming to take money out of the pockets of hardworking Aussies. 

“You are due to receive an ATO direct refund of $2675.61,” the text reads.

“Visit www.ato.direct and logon with your phone number **** and ATO PIN: **** to claim.”

The seedy link tells the receiver of the text message it is a “new system” used by the ATO to hand out tax refunds, and is “very straightforward.”

“It has been designed and personalised to prevent third parties from claiming your refunds,” the scam reads. 

NSW Police are urging anyone who has received the SMS text to delete it immediately and to not click on any links in the message. 

Anyone who has clicked on any of the links given are advised to file a report with Australian Cyber Security Centre or call the police assistance line on 131 444.

Read more: How to outsmart the scammers